Ri­val in­sur­gent groups fight in rebel-held Idlib

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Clashes have bro­ken out in north­west­ern Syria be­tween two of the most pow­er­ful in­sur­gent groups there, rais­ing fears of wide­spread vi­o­lence in

Mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts

par­tic­i­pate in the sixth an­nual Morzine Avo­riaz Har­ley Days festival Satur­day in the French town of Morzine, near the Swiss bor­der. About 30,000 bik­ers from across Europe have gath­ered in the vil­lage for a four-day cel­e­bra­tion of mo­tor­cy­cle cul­ture promis­ing live mu­sic, bike shows and a parade. the rebel-held prov­ince of Idlib, the groups and an op­po­si­tion mon­i­tor said Satur­day.

The fight­ing be­tween the ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Ahrar alSham and al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham are the first se­ri­ous acts of vi­o­lence since the groups reached a truce in Fe­bru­ary. Wider clashes be­tween the two for­mer al­lies could af­fect their fight against Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad’s forces, which have been gain­ing ground over the past year un­der the cover of Rus­sian airstrikes.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the clashes were con­cen­trated near the vil­lage of Tel Touqan. It added that af­ter the clashes, Ahrar al-Sham briefly cut wa­ter sup­plies to Idlib’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, mostly con­trolled by Hay’at Tahrir alSham. — As­so­ci­ated Press Beng­hazi air­port re­opens af­ter 3 years: Beng­hazi’s in­ter­na­tional air­port of­fi­cially re­opened for com­mer­cial flights amid a heavy se­cu­rity pres­ence af­ter a three­year clo­sure due to fight­ing in the eastern Libyan city. The first out­bound flights from Ben­ina In­ter­na­tional Air­port were to the cap­i­tal, Tripoli, to Am­man, Jor­dan, and to the south­east­ern Libyan city of Kufra. Fight­ing in Beng­hazi had es­ca­lated in sum­mer 2014 when forces loyal to a pow­er­ful com­man­der launched a military cam­paign against Is­lamist and other foes. Ear­lier this month, he de­clared vic­tory in the cam­paign.

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE VIA GETTY IM­AGES

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